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US Visa screenings get tougher, personal Email, Social media accounts to be scrutinized

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Washington:  The Trump administration has instructed all its diplomatic missions worldwide to identify certain groups that need extra scrutiny and adopt a rigorous vetting process for issuing visas.

Those applying for an American visa including tourist and business visas – would be asked to furnish details of their employment and residence for the last 15 years and all the phone numbers they used in the previous five years, a diplomatic cable issued by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said.

The cable was sent after President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority Muslim countries on March 6.

In 2016, the US State Department issued more than 10 million non-immigrant visas and more than 617,000 immigrant visas.

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